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    Dagupan Pangasinamn ProvinceLuzon¬†Philippines

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January 9, 1945


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1945

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Justin Taylan 2005

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Location
Lat 16° 6' 0N Long 120° 31' 0E ¬†Located between Lingayen and San Fabian bordering Lingayen Gulf.

Wartime History
On January 9, 1945
US Army landed at Bonuan (Blue Beach) near Dagupan. General MacArthur toured Dagupan on January 12, 1945 three days after the landing to officially return to Luzon. He walked the Fernandez Avenue, and stayed at the West Central Elementary School in the center of Dagupan.

Dagupan Museum
This museum is free and is located in the center of town, across from the town hall and park.  Inside the second story of the building is a small collection of historical artifacts from the city cathedral prior to renovation and several WWII era relics of helmets. Also, there are large copies of WWII  photos taken when MacArthur landed and toured around the town. Outside in a park is rail road locomotive #17 that used to travel on the rail line that began in Manila and terminated in Dagupan. 

West Central Elementary School
This elementary school is located across from the museum.  This school is still in use to this day as an elementary school. It was at this location that Then & Now West Central Elementary School

'MacArthur House'
At the school, he stayed in an old house located to the north side of the school, known afterwards as the 'MacArthur House'.  Today, the house is used by the school as a home economics building and pre-school, but is open to visitors for free tours, see the school's principal for access.  The building is in deteriorating condition.  All the room were used by MacArthur, including the large bath tub on the second floor.

Bonuan (Blue Beach)
Beach at Dagupan where US Army forces landed on January 9, 1945 and MacArthur landed with cameras rolling on December 12, 1945. Today, on the beach there is a memorial plaque, and statue of General Douglas Macarthur.

Fernandez Avenue
Street in Dagupan. MacArthur toured this street after the January 9, 1945 landing. A. G. Noriega Jewelry Store was open at that same location until 1990. Then & Now Fernandez Avenue

Luzon Landing Plaque
A small memorial ringed by bullet shaped chain fence reads: "Luzon Landing - On this shore, known as Blue Beach, Bonuan, Dagupan City, the first combat troops of the sixth army of the United States of America under the command of General Douglas MacArthur landed on 9 January 1945 to liberate the island of Luzon thus fulfilling his promise to the Filipino people: 'I shall return' "

Macarthur Statue
Located at the edge of the beach, beach at Donuan, just outside Dagupan is this statue of General Douglas Macarthur. In 2003, the park was semi-overgrown, and decrepit. Plaques on the base of the statue read: 'Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor' and 'WWII Guerillas - It Can Be Done'.

Dagupan Cathedral
Catholic Church in Dagupan.

Dagupan Train Station
Built by the Spanish, and opened in 1892 as the The Manila-Dagupan line of the Manila Railway Company Limited. Today, it is abandoned.

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August 27, 2014

 

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